• TEACHERS NAME: Mr. Burgess

    • COURSE TITLE: Biology

                    Biology is the study of life. The course includes the following units of study: The Chemical Basis of Life, The Structural Basis of Life, Movement of Materials Into and Out of Cells, How Cells Harvest Energy, Photosynthesis, How Cells Divide, The Transmission of Genetic Information, The Chemical Basis of Genetics, Evolution, Taxonomy and Biodiversity, and Ecology. A survey of human anatomy and physiology will be applied to the units of study where appropriate and will include discussion of the human digestive, circulatory, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, excretory, reproductive and skeletomuscular systems. Numerous laboratory experiences will offer hands-on reinforcement of the topics covered in classroom discussions.




    Student Learning Outcomes:

    • Students will understand the characteristics of living organisms and how things interact
    • Students will make intelligent decisions regarding issues in the community and environment
    • Students will demonstrate a proficiency in the application of the scientific method
    • Students will demonstrate proper usage of scientific equipment
    • Students will obtain and evaluate the validity of scientific information through currently available resources
    • Students will plan and carry out investigations
    • Students will analyze and interpret data


    Units of Study:

    1. Chapter 1: The Science of Life

              Chapter 2: The Chemistry of Life

    1. Chapter 7: Cell Structure and Function

              Chapter 8: Photosynthesis

              Chapter 9: Cellular Respiration and Fermentation

              Chapter 10: Cell Growth and Division

    1. Chapter 11: Introduction to Genetics

              Chapter 12: DNA

              Chapter 13: RNA and Protein Synthesis

              Chapter 14: Human Heredity

              Chapter 15: Genetic Engineering

    1. Chapter 16: Darwin’s Theory of Evolution

              Chapter 17: Evolution of Populations

              Chapter 18: Classification

              Chapter 19: History of Life

    1. Chapter 3: The Biosphere

              Chapter 4: Ecosystems and Communities

              Chapter 5: Populations

              Chapter 6: Humans in the Biosphere

    1. Chapter 30: Digestive and Excretory Systems

              Chapter 31: Nervous System

              Chapter 32: Skeletal, Muscular and Integumentary Systems

              Chapter 33: Circulatory and Respiratory Systems



    Text Book: Miller and Levine Biology


    COURSE TITLE: Biotechnology


    Periods: 6 (lab period)

    Grades: 11-12

    Level: 1


    Biotechnology is a year-long course which provides entry-level as well as advanced training in biotechnology skills, methods and applications. Students will explore the fundamental principles of biotechnology and forensic science. Topics include recombinant DNA, production of biological molecules, bioprocessing, cloning, stem cells, genetic diagnostics, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food processing (GMO’s), energy and environmental management, and current events. Students also review employment and careers in the biotechnology and biopharmaceutical industries. Laboratories include pipetting and measurement, solution preparation, DNA extraction and restriction digestion, gel electrophoresis, and PCR. The laboratory-based class integrates the core competencies of the life sciences career pathway and physical sciences with the technical skills needed for postsecondary education and/or employment in the biotechnology industry.

    Pre-Requisites: 80 or better in Biology


    Students will:

    1. explain the scope, concepts, and terminology of biotechnology;
    2. investigate and explain current events and advances in biotechnology;
    3. perform techniques involving measurement;
    4. perform techniques involving the manipulation of DNA;
    5. fill lab prep orders for science department;
    6. explore career opportunities in biotechnology


     General Introduction

    1. What is Biotechnology? What is Microbiology?
    2. Working in a scientific laboratory setting
    3. Using different types of scientific glassware, basic lab equipment and labeling
    4. Understanding the need for accuracy and precision in measurements
    5. Micropipetting Techniques – Measuring Up: Pipetting
    6. Pro’s and Con’s of Different Equipment
    7. Using various pipettes - % error study
    8. Using MiniOne vs Standard Electrophoresis
    9. Gel Loading Practice Kit
    10. Electrophoresis 101 Lab

    Scientific Reporting

    1. Writing and following protocols/SOP (standard operating procedures)
    2. Properly keeping lab notebooks – Composition vs Electronic
    3. The need for documentation and Introduction to bioethics

    Media Preparation

    1. Performing dilutions – Solutions Activity
    2. Preparing solutions – Using Spectrophotometer to check for accuracy?
    3. Sterilization techniques

    Microbiological Techniques

    1. Bacterial culturing
    2. Microscopy

    Bacterial Transformation

    1. Culture requirements – Creating different media
    2. Performing transformation – Redesigning Bacteria: Bacterial Transformation


    1. Using spectrophotometers – Cell membrane Lab with Beets
    2. Producing standard curve data - BSA: Got Protein?
    3. Performing different graphing techniques – Algae Balls
    4. Using Vernier CO2 Probes – Burping Yeast

    Genetics Review:

    1. DNA structure & function
    2. Protein structure & function – Transcription/Translation Activities
    3. Gene expression and regulation

    DNA Techniques

    1. Performing DNA extraction – DNA Extraction from Strawberries
    2. Performing gel electrophoresis – Molecular Rainbow: Dye Electrophoresis
    3. Performing DNA fingerprinting – VNTR Analysis: The Science behind DNA Fingerprinting
    4. Performing Restriction digests - Molecular Scissors: Restriction Enzymes
    5. Performing PCR – Antibiotics, Magic Pill or Overkill? Easy PCR/MiniOne PCR Kit

    - Extension: Colony PCR

    - PTC Taster Lab

    Biomedical Research Process

    1. Drug Development & Clinical Trials
    2. Stem Cells science and ethics – Stem Cell Paper
    3. Infectious Disease & Immunology – Evolution in Medicine
    4. Biotechnology and the Environment – Biofuels
    5. Genetic Engineering – Genetic Engineering Project
    6. Biotech and agriculture – GMO Debate
    7. Biotechnology Careers – MiniOne CSI Forensics Lab

    Scientific Journals

    1. Reading peer-reviewed literature
    2. Analyzing scientific journal articles
    3. Presenting data and discussing scientific articles


    1. DNA Science Text Book
    2. Biotechnology Text Books
      1. BioRad Biotechnology
      2. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Kreuzer and Massey)
      3. Biotechnology (Johnson)
      4. Biotechnology – Science for the New Millenium (Daugherty)
    3. Genetics – Principles and Analysis Text Book
    4. Evolution in Medicine Text Book
    5. Bioteach Curriculum
    6. Internet Resources and Selected Readings from ebooks via Media Center


    Amazing feats of biological engineering


    Careers in Biotechnology

    Experiments for future forensic scientists

    Genetically Modified Food

    Genetic Engineering

    Science and Technology behind the human genome project



    To Expect: implies a high degree of certainty and usually involves the idea of preparing or envisioning

    1. Bring Necessary Materials to class
      1. Pen or Pencil (writing)
      2. Notebook (notes and homework)
      3. Text Book – as needed
    2. Pay Attention
      1. Cell phones will be placed in the black hanging organizer for the duration of class unless authorized by your teacher.
      2. Participate: ask questions, answer questions, take notes
    3. Respect and Good Attitude
      1. Do your homework
      2. Study for tests and quizzes
      3. Follow safety procedures during lab activities
      4. Follow school rules, use a pass, sign out, sign back in
      5. Be on time!
      6. Respect the condition of the classroom
    4. Show up every day. How can you learn the things you need to learn if you don’t come to class? Absence is the #1 cause for failure in High School students.
    5. Study for a few minutes every day to review and remember vital material. Memory issues can be overcome with daily short repetition. That’s how your brain learns best…do it every day and repeat as necessary.







    • METHOD OF GRADING (Grading System)


    Your job in this class is to accumulate as many points as you can.  The more points you get, the better your grade will be.

    You can earn points in a number of ways:

    1. Homework: each assignment is worth 20-40 points
    2. Quizzes: each quiz will be worth 10-40 points
    3. Tests: each test will be worth 100 points
    4. Labs: each lab will be worth 50-100 points
    5. Notebook: each notebook check will be worth 100 points
    6. Extra Credit: each assignment will be worth 1-10 points


    I use the fraction or total points grading system:


    If you get a 75/100 on a test, that is 75% but you earn 75 points.  If you get a 25/50 on a quiz, that’s 50% but you earn 25 points.  If you get a 20/20 on a homework, that’s 100% but you earn 20 points.


    75 + 25 + 20 = 120 points earned       100 + 50 + 20 = 170 possible points


    120/170 = 0.70588 x 100 = 70.6 = 71%          That’s your grade, it’s a C!


    Missing HW’s is the absolute worst thing that you can do to your grade.  Getting a zero on a HW may not hurt you, but getting 5 zeros is like getting a zero on a test!


    Grades will be posted online and in the class room. You can access your grades at any time through the parent portal.


















    I am available by appointment only. I usually arrive at school by 6:30am each day, so if you need to see me for extra help without appointment, you can find me in my classroom (237).



    YOU CAN MAKE UP WORK AT ANY TIME.  Check with your teacher for the work you have missed.


    You can make up tests and quizzes any time, but you must stay after school by appointment or take them during an SLP or Academic Support Class. Please speak to your teacher to make this happen; it is your responsibility to make up assignments you have missed.


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    Check out the class page in Microsoft 365 → Teams 



    Every student is expected to use their Microsoft 365 account for any and all correspondence with their teacher. Students will also be expected to complete and submit assignments using this account.

    Students are also expected to create a Quizlet user account to access important vocabulary words.

    Every student is required to keep a three ring binder that we call “The Notebook.”



    1. Three Ring Binder (2”-3”)
    2. Dividers (6 sections)
      1. Notes (fill-in)
      2. Homework/Classwork
      3. Quizzes/Tests and Reviews
      4. Labs
      5. Miscellaneous/Keepers
      6. MCAS Materials